|Launch NY News & Updates||Upcoming Events|
Conversations with Launch NY: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Opportunity Zones
June was a busy month for Launch NY President & CEO Marnie LaVigne, who joined several local and international event panels on some of the hottest topics for entrepreneurs and investors, including the new federal tax incentive program, Opportunity Zones, Launch NY’s most active seed fund in the region, and new $1.5 million Emerging Cleantech Opportunity (ECO) incubator. Her speaking engagements included an investor panel at Rev Ithaca with Cayuga Ventures and Empire State Development, then a round-table on Opportunity Zones in Rochester with Enterprise Community Partners, and lastly a presentation with Genesee County Economic Development Center on innovation initiatives as part of Buffalo’s host role for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Future Forum.
Are you trying to launch, grow, or scale a cleantech company? Join us on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at noon with NextCorps and Launch NY’s ECO Incubator to learn more about these new programs for cleantech companies. Resources and sign-ups are here now, so don’t miss out! Never joined a TwitterChat before? It’s easy, just follow @Launch_NY on Twitter and use the hashtag #LaunchHour, to see the discussion. Enjoy the conversation and jump in with tweets anytime.
|July 18, 2018
#LaunchHour TwitterChat: ECO Incubator to M-Corps: Programs & Resources for Cleantech Companies
12:00 – 1:00 PM
July 25, 2018
July 26 – 27, 2018
July 26, 2018
Investor Connections for Clean Energy Startups
Launch NY Seed Fund Portfolio Companies Continue to Achieve Success
Ecolectro and Empower Equity (EMPEQ) were named among the 20 finalists for 76West, NYSERDA’s clean energy competition. As the companies prepare to pitch the judges on July 31st and August 1st, each company will be paired with mentors, including 4 Launch NY EIRs, Ed Bizari, Brad Gouldthorpe, Holly Hillberg, and Elisa Miller-Out. After the pitches the judges will recommend the six final award winners that will split a total of $2.5MM in prizes.
Farther Farms recently announced that they have been awarded $225,000 by the National Science Foundation for a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer grant. The award will allow Farther Farms to continue researching a new process for extending the shelf life of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables without the use of chemicals, artificial preservatives, refrigeration, or freezing. Read more on the grant and Farther Farms in their press release.
|#LaunchHour TwitterChat Tips||Launch NY Resources|
LaunchHour TwitterChats are monthly virtual chats featuring important topics for startups and entrepreneurs. Join us over your lunch to hear from expert panelists. Check out our archive for past TwitterChats filled with tips like those below. See you at the next #LaunchHour TwitterChat Wednesday, July 18th at noon.
June 20, 2018
Q2. What is cleantech?
Q7. Are there funders, federal, state, public, or private, who are focused on cleantech investments?
View the whole chat on Wakelet.
Join us for our next #LaunchHour TwitterChat, July 20, 2018 at noon for ECO Incubator to M-Corps: Programs & Resources for Cleantech Companies!
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|Meet the Launch NY Team|
Mike McCourt brings over 20 years of sales & business development experience along with 15 plus years of engineering work. In his latest role as President of McCourt Associates, LLC he works with NYSERDA and Launch NY as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and has been a member of the teaching team for NEXUS-NY, a cleantech proof-of-concept center for the past five years. He advises many clean energy startup companies in NY State. Additionally, he provides go-to-market consulting to high tech firms nationwide. Prior to forming McCourt Associates, he led Nokia’s solutions sales and partner development efforts in North America. In this role he worked closely with third party software developers and consumer electronics companies to create and introduce new location-based products to the market. Prior to joining Nokia, Mike served as VP Wireless Business Development at InfoSpace, Inc. He has generated over $10M in annual revenue by generating new business with many of the mobile operators in the emerging wireless data market.
Read more about Mike and our other EIRs on our website.